REPORT: Gun Store Owner Says He Notified FBI Prior to Nightclub Shooting
“The questions he was asking were not the normal questions a normal person would be asking…He just seemed very odd.”
Robbie Abell, owner of Lotus Gunworks, instinctively knew something was wrong when Omar Mateen came into his Orlando store and asked for the type heavy-duty body armor worn by law enforcement officers.
After a Lotus employee informed Mateen that they didn’t carry body armor, the Muslim security contractor stepped aside and placed a call on his cell phone, speaking “a foreign language that sounded like Arabic” and texting.
These actions had already aroused the employee’s suspicions, but when Mateen asked to buy 1,000 rounds of ammunition, the employee knew something was terribly amiss with this customer.
After being denied the ammunition, Mateen left the store.
Since the terror attacks on New York City and Washington D.C. on September 11, 2001, we have been told: “If you see something – say something,” but when Abell called the FBI to report the strange requests of the customer – there was no reply.
Just weeks later, Abell turned on television to see Omar Mateen’s face, the perpetrator of the worst terror attack on U.S. soil since that September day in 2001, choosing the soft target of a gay nightclub where he killed 49 innocents, leaving even more wounded in an attack that had police and a SWAT team holding off rescue, even as Mateen texted friends and his wife to see if he had “made the news.”
Mateen was on the FBI’s radar – he had been investigated by the FBI on three occasions after his coworkers reported that the Muslim was making disturbing, anti-Semitic comments and claiming to be involved with al-Queda.
But the FBI never followed up Abell’s report.
Abell added that he and his staff were on “high alert” because authorities had warned them to “be on the lookout” for suspicious activity.
The FBI has yet to comment.
Then again, Director James Comey has his hands full with the on-going investigation into Democrat presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, for improper handling of official correspondence and possible “pay to play” financial dealings between foreign nations and her family’s Foundation.